Manager reluctant to pit Casimero versus Jerwin Ancajas
Everything is set for the title eliminator between former 2-division champion Johnriel Casimero and junior-bantamweight intercontinental champion Jonas Sultan, which will take place in the main card of "Pinoy Pride 42" at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu on Saturday.
Casimero, the former world junior flyweight and flyweight belt holder, will be banking on experience when he clashes with his countryman.
“I respect Sultan as a tough Filipino fighter,” the 27-year-old Ormoc native, who holds a 24-3 record, said in an article posted on PhilBoxing.com.
“But we'll see what he does at the top of the ring because we have prepared something for him,” added Casimero, who vacated the flyweight throne to campaign as a junior bantamweight.
Sultan is a relatively new fighter with a 13-3 card.
The winner of the match will become the mandatory challenger to Jerwin Ancajas, the reigning world super-flyweight champion.
But Casimero’s promoter, Sammy Gello-ani, doesn’t favor a match pitting a Filipino against a Filipino.
“If Johnriel wins, we're going to see first all the options out there. We might not fight Jerwin. Fighting Jamie Conlan (of Northern Ireland) instead is a possibility while waiting for our opportunity to fight the big names of the division,” Gello-ani said.
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